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Old 10-11-2013, 02:02 PM   #1
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Default New bolt action 7mm-08

I am new to bolt action rifles, I have a savage bolt action in 7mm-08 with a Bushnell scope and I am looking to zero the rifle this weekend.

What is the best way to do this, without purchasing any type of bore sight kit.
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Old 10-11-2013, 02:31 PM   #2
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Alot of gun stores will do that for cheap or free. My friend at the gun counter of Bass Pro does it for me and never charged me a dime. Good call on the Savage 7mm-08, good all around caliber and great rifle.
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1. Mount a large sheet of paper, such as 36"x24" sold for 50 c at Walmart and similar stores, on a target frame. Paint a large enough dot approximately in the center.
2. Place the target in front of a tall earth mound with clumps of grass or small shrubs.
3. Place the scoped rifle on two heavy sandbags or a shooting sled, at 25 yards from the target.
4. Take a deliberate shot, aiming exactly at the center dot.
5. Note the hit. Adjust the scope and shoot at the same dot again. Repeat until you hit at about 4 inches or less off center.
6. If your 1st shot missed paper, fire a 2nd one and note where it hit the background. A burst of sand or cut grass will show where the bullet hit. Adjust the scope to put the next shot on paper.
7. Once you are done at 25 yds, move away to 50 yds. Repeat the above until you hit dead center. At this stage you can put a self sticking splash target to see the hits better. If you want to zero your rifle at a longer range, move away in 25 yard increments. You don't have to be dead on at every stage, just close enough to stay on paper moving to the next stage. When you reach the desired range for zeroing, then proceed to the MOA adjustments.

With a properly mounted scope, have a box of 20 rounds for a 100 yard zero.
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I just put the rifle in a vice or on the rest and take out the bolt and look down the barrel. Adjust the scope to match the object you see down the barrel. Farther away the object, the better. A stop sign a few block away works great. Then shoot at the 100yd target. Not the stop sign. Ive never been more than a few inches off this way. Perfect zero in just a few shots.
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I just put the rifle in a vice or on the rest and take out the bolt and look down the barrel. Adjust the scope to match the object you see down the barrel. Farther away the object, the better. A stop sign a few block away works great. Then shoot at the 100yd target. Not the stop sign. Ive never been more than a few inches off this way. Perfect zero in just a few shots.
This is exactly what I was gonna tellya.

Works for me , even better than boresighters.



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I cut corners all the time. Once you understand it step by step, you can work out your own routine. It also matters how much precision is enough for you. Tactical < Hunting < Competition.
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I usually get within 2 inches using this method, I also allow about 2 inches for drop. If you are meticulous it is as good or better than a bore sighter. Make sure you keep the muzzle hole centered in the breech hole and it works great. It has saved me a lot of ammo and trips down range.
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the methods listed will work if you don't own a bore sighting tool. but if you plan on owning several rifles, then investing in an inexpensive bore sighter is a good deal. i paid about $45for mine and it uses a magnet rather than the different bore adapters. i consider it money well spent and can also be used to verify your scope without even shooting it.
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Appreciate all the great ideas, now it's time to try and see what's best for me.
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Appreciate all the great ideas, now it's time to try and see what's best for me.
let us know how it turns out for you.

i have a Marlin XS7 in 7mm-08 and it's one of my most shot rifles. excellent choice in cartridge. great ballistics, very good accuracy without beating the hell out of your shoulder.
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